MSP praises festival art installation

Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP and Cameron Downing, EIF jury member pictured with an art installation which celebrates the opening of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival as it was unveiled today at the Scottish Parliament.
The Anything That Gives Off Light installation was the result of a collaborative project between the Edinburgh International Festival and 1000 school pupils from 22 primary schools across the city. It features 1,000 one feet tall yellow figurines which have been placed on wooden plinths inside the Parliaments ponds. Each figurine was painted by a primary seven school pupil who also created poetry about how light has inspired them. Their poetry will be placed around the perimeter of the ponds.
The installation will be exhibited outside the Scottish Parliament until Monday 29 August. 05 August 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP and Cameron Downing, EIF jury member pictured with an art installation which celebrates the opening of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival as it was unveiled today at the Scottish Parliament. The Anything That Gives Off Light installation was the result of a collaborative project between the Edinburgh International Festival and 1000 school pupils from 22 primary schools across the city. It features 1,000 one feet tall yellow figurines which have been placed on wooden plinths inside the Parliaments ponds. Each figurine was painted by a primary seven school pupil who also created poetry about how light has inspired them. Their poetry will be placed around the perimeter of the ponds. The installation will be exhibited outside the Scottish Parliament until Monday 29 August. 05 August 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

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An art installation which celebrates the opening of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival has been unveiled at the Scottish Parliament.

The Anything That Gives Off Light installation was the result of a collaborative project between the Edinburgh International Festival and 1000 school pupils from 22 primary schools across the city.

It features 1,000 one feet tall yellow figurines which have been placed on wooden plinths inside the parliament’s ponds.

Each figurine was painted by a P7 school pupil who also created poetry about how light has inspired them. Their poetry will be placed around the perimeter of the ponds.

The installation will be exhibited outside the Scottish Parliament until Monday, August 29.

Midlothian South MSP and Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame was at the unveiling of the installation. She said: “This project is a wonderful way to give recognition to the role of young people in art and culture in Scotland and I am pleased that the Scottish Parliament is able to play its part in showcasing their work.

“It is also a wider celebration of the art and culture that embraces each and every part of the city throughout August. I hope that visitors to Holyrood will explore this installation as part of their visit. It will certainly be an interesting talking point.

“I also encourage the young people involved in this exciting project to come to the parliament with their families to see their art work on show.”

Festival artistic director Fergus Linehan said: “The International Festival is committed to put young people at the centre of the festival, not only encouraging them to attend as audience members but also using their creative minds as a core part of our programme.”